The Great British high-street is defined as the main street of a town – the traditional site for most shops, banks, and other businesses.

But isn’t it much more than that? Isn’t it a place where communities come together, where residents frequent daily, where businesses small and large can interact with their customers, where communities rally on occasions of celebration or commiseration?pitshanger lane

At The Co-op we’re all about strengthening the community spirit of our high streets; from planting flower beds to baking hundreds of cakes or washing cars for fundraising; our colleagues and members love to get involved!

Great British High Street Awards

The Great British High Street Awards really capture everything that is wonderful about our local high streets, and this year one of the finalists could also walk away with another title – The most Co-operative street in the UK. For Pitshanger Lane in Ealing is home to not one, but three Co-operative businesses. Nestled among their 50 independent traders are two Co-operative Food stores and one Co-operative Funeralcare home.


The Co-op has a longstanding history on Pitshanger Lane – the first store opened not long after the local co-op housing estate was built. In fact local legend and tennis champion Fred Perry worked full-time in the Co-operative Wholesale Society tea department until 1930, while he trained at the local sports club.

Fast forward to today and the local residents are rallying together in the hopes they are awarded with the crown of Best British High Street, later this year. You can follow their campaign on Twitter via #Pitshanger or #GBHighSt.

The Most Co-operative Street

So we want to know – does Pitshanger also deserve the title of the most Co-operative High Street in the UK? Or is your local high street more deserving?

Tweet us @TheCooperative and let us know!

Join the conversation! 1 Comment

  1. Its a pity this attitude (which is in keeping with the Co-op’s ethical values) is not repeated across the business.
    Our local store in Dailly and the surrounding community has been treated badly by Co-op. In an area of high deprivation, worklessness and poverty, the Co-op decided to take a purely commercial decision to downgrade our store to a ‘pop in’ convenience store. In doing so, they reduced the range of stock and increased the prices in a community where the old, inform and disabled are held to ransom by poor public transport and lack of competition.
    When the range of stock was reduced, the cheaper option was removed, leaving people with the ‘choice’ of pay more or do without.
    Not only is our local store much more expensive that the wide range of stores in the nearest town – Girvan – is is also more expensive than the Co-op stores in Maybole and Girvan. How can cat food be 20% more expensive and milk 25% more expensive that other stores for the same products.
    It is abuse of a disadvantaged community and very much against the Co-op values promoted in many other communities.
    I have raised this issue with the Head Office in Manchester many months ago and was assured that someone from the area would contact me. To date, that hasn’t happened. But it seems the Co-op are in the process of abandoning our community totally and is preparing to sell the store to another – more expensive – chain. At least that’s the rumour created by the downgrading of the store.


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